October 29, 2020

The Editor Speaks: The Bible says it’s OK to separate young children from their parents. Shame on all of us.


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The above prognoses is the interpretation executed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He said in a speech to police officers in Indiana:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also claimed that it was “very biblical to enforce the law,” adding: “That is, actually, repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.”

One cannot argue with that, can you?

Yes, you can when the claimed law “is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful” is not!

This disgraceful and abhorrent interpretation of Paul’s “wise command in Romans” is used to justify the following:

“Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the US border since the start of the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, according to new figures from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Numbers obtained by the Associated Press show 1,995 minors were separated from their families between 19 April and 31 May, while trying to enter the country in between official crossings. Senior White House officials confirmed these numbers in a background briefing with members of the press.

“Approximately 700 children were separated from their families between October and April, before the zero tolerance policy was implemented, according to the New York Times.

“The new policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on 6 April, requires US officials to refer all adults who enter the country illegally for prosecution. Under existing law, migrant children must be housed separately while their parents face trial.”

SOURCE: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/children-separated-trump-immigration-policy-zero-tolerance-parents-border-a8401526.html

The United Nations called on the US to “immediately halt” the separation of parents and children, calling it “a serious violation of the rights of the child”. The organising body of Catholic bishops in the US has also called the policy “immoral” and called on the administration to reverse it.

In a story we have published today in our Top Slider “Separating kids at borders” it clearly states, “Separating kids from parents at the border mirrors a ‘textbook strategy’ of domestic abuse, experts say — and causes irreversible, lifelong damage”.

“Experts, mental health groups, and human rights organizations all say this could cause serious, lasting harm to children and their parents.

“Here’s how forced family separation affects people for the rest of their lives.

“Babies ripped from parents’ arms. Tent cities. Mass trials. Suicides. Reports about what’s happening to children and families who arrive at the US-Mexico border have shocked many, from White House reporters to conservative religious leaders.

“A Honduran woman told attorneys that her daughter was pulled from her as she was breastfeeding. After being separated from his wife and 3-year-old son, a Honduran man took his own life in a Texas jail cell.

“Colleen Kraft, the president of the American Academy for Pediatrics, recently described seeing a blotchy-faced toddler sobbing and pounding on a playmat, terrified because she’d been forcibly separated from her mother.

‘”We knew what was wrong, but we were powerless to help,” Kraft wrote.”

We knew it was wrong but we were powerless to help!

So we sit back and do nothing.

Where are the millions of US Christians raising’ HELL” on this whole issue and shouting out “STOP!!?”

Sessions and Sanders should be quoting Matthew 18 v.6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

And plucking children from their parents is exactly that.

Shame on all of us who do nothing to stop this..

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